Friday, June 19, 2009

Fortune Cookie Chronicles

I purchased "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles" because it was on the New York Times best seller list, Library Journal gave it good reviews, and it sounded interesting. I must admit, however, that I had some trouble getting through it even though I learned some interesting facts along the way. I'd recommend the book to someone just to change the way they think about ethnic food in America. How Chinese is Chinese food in America? or any other ethnic food for that matter? Would someone from China recognize the dishes we assume are Chinese? According to the book, General Tso's chicken, chow mein, and fortune cookies were never from China. Did you ever stop to think about the fortune inside the fortune cookie? Do those fortunes just come out of thin air? who writes them and do they get writer's block? Do they ever contain a fortune that is anything less than pleasant? Jennifer 8. Lee starts on the trail of the fortune cookie after there are 110 second place winners in a 2005 powerball lottery. Second place winners get a specified amount of money; this many winners breaks the bank. What phenomenon could have caused so many winners and what connection might they have had? You'll take a second look at the numbers on those fortunes after reading this book.


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